Monday, 16 July 2012

10,000 Register In Just 10 Weeks For Connecting Cambridgeshire



Ten thousand people have registered in just ten weeks for a major campaign to bring superfast broadband to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The speed at which the Connecting Cambridgeshire campaign has reached the milestone total shows how strongly householders and businesspeople feel about getting better broadband.

Council leaders are celebrating the latest figures - but they say many more people need to register their support for the campaign if they are to secure vital investment from broadband suppliers to bring superfast broadband to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Councillor Nick Clarke, Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "This is a fantastic response to the first ten weeks of our campaign to get Cambridgeshire connected and clearly shows there is huge demand for better broadband, which is vital for our businesses and communities to thrive.

"The more people that register the fact they want superfast broadband the more chance of it being delivered, so I would urge everyone to 'click' for Cambridgeshire and help us to make it happen."

Councillor Marco Cereste, Leader of Peterborough City Council, said: "Securing superfast broadband and increasing our connectivity will help to attract new businesses, innovation and enterprise, as well as encouraging more people to work from home, or remotely, so reducing traffic congestion.

"We all have a vital role to play in supporting the campaign to show broadband suppliers the high levels of demand for better broadband, so we can make our vision a reality."

Householders and businesses can register their demand for better broadband in minutes online at www.connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk, or by returning Freepost reply forms available in leaflets at libraries, council offices and community outlets.

A growing network of digital champions from village, parishes, community groups and businesses are helping to support the campaign. To volunteer, email your contact details to contact@connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk

Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council as well as the Government body Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) have together committed up to £30 million to the Connecting Cambridgeshire project.

They are working with District Councils and partners in business, health and education to bring superfast broadband to at least 90% of businesses and homes across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and better connectivity for all remaining premises by 2015.